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Three Clear Signs Your Souderton Home Might Have A Bed Bug Problem

September 4, 2020

 

Bed bugs are some of the nastiest pests your home can become infested with. That’s because these nocturnal parasites feed on our blood while we sleep, and their populations can quickly grow out of control if treated improperly. Learning how to spot bed bugs and avoid their bites will help you stay safe from these disgusting bugs.

What Are Bed Bugs?

As their name suggests, bed bugs are small insects that commonly infest mattresses and box springs. However, people don’t often pay any mind to how they get introduced into the home in the first place.

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Unlike most insects, their populations live almost exclusively indoors. They can't jump or fly, instead, they hitchhike on passersby. Bed bugs can live anywhere people frequent. Often this means our beds but before they reach our homes they often lie in wait in hotels, transportation hubs, and schools. As they brush against clothing, skin, or hair, bed bugs latch onto their hosts and hitch a ride back to wherever they’re going. This is why bed bugs infestations are so easy to spread because one interaction with an infested area can bring them back home if you’re not careful.

Bed Bugs: Biting Pests

Because bed bugs are such tiny insects, they are extremely hard to spot. Not only that, but they also don’t often move around in the daytime, when it’s easiest to see them. Instead, these nocturnal pests are good at finding dark corners to hide in during the day that is just a short crawl from where unsuspecting animals will lay down to rest.

That means you have to be on the lookout for other early signs of bed bugs, which include the following:

  • Bites: Unfortunately, most people have to get bitten before they even know their home is a hotspot for bed bugs. Bites are tiny red welts on the skin, which itch and are usually found in tight clusters or lines.

  • Eggs: Bed bugs often lay their small, seed-like eggs in dark corners where it will be safe for them to hatch. You can check areas around your home for these yellowish egg sacs, especially on the undersides of cushions.

  • Stains: Small marks of blood or yellow stains left behind on your sheets or furniture are another sure sign of bed bugs. They often lose the contents of their blood sacs and spill the fluid, or their hatching eggs and skin sheds leave behind marks.

Where To Spot Bed Bugs?

Did you know that bed bugs aren’t just found in mattresses and box springs? Bed bugs can often hide elsewhere and then crawl to find a nighttime feeding. There are plenty of other areas around your home where they might find a hiding spot.

The following are all common areas to find bed bugs:

  • Furniture: couches, cushioned chairs, and stools all provide bed bugs with the same type of environment as a mattress -- a fluffy area where human skin is likely to come in contact.

  • Clothing: Bed bugs also infest articles of clothing, and some populations can thrive inside of a closet for weeks without people knowing.

  • Curtains: Like clothing moths and carpet beetles, bed bugs can also find shelter, especially for their unhatched eggs, in the folds of long fabric drapes.

Ultimate Protection From Moyer

With such small parasites, it’s no wonder that even clean, well-kept homes can become infested with bed bugs. They can get inside in several ways and remain undetected for weeks. Rather than take a risk on ineffective solutions that only mask the problem, trust your local pest professionals to get rid of bed bugs the right way. At Moyer Pest Control, our trained experts can provide you with even more tips to avoid bed bugs and signs to watch out for. Even if an infestation hasn’t yet formed, our thorough inspections can help determine your level of risk and our proven treatments can help keep invasive pests of all kinds out of your home.

Don’t let bed bugs turn you into a midnight snack, contact Moyer Pest Control for total protection.

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